|Died||February 11, 2012 (aged 84–85)|
|Years of service||1953-1970|
|Commands held||Paratroopers Brigade|
|Battles/wars|| 1947–1949 Palestine war |
|Awards||Medal of Courage|
|Other work|| Lecturer |
Director of Community and Cultural Activities of the Golan and Jordan Valley
Aharon Davidi (1927 – February 11, 2012)was an Israeli general and founder of the Sar-El volunteer program of the IDF.
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Sar-El, is a non-profit service organization, subordinate and under the direction of the Israeli Logistics Corps, for Israeli citizens living abroad, and who now wish to finalize their status with the military. The program is also open to non-Israeli citizens who wish to participate in a service program akin to national service, without enlisting in the Israeli Defense Forces. The program usually consists of three weeks of volunteer service on different rear army bases, doing non-combative work. The program also has one and two week service periods. In the case of non-Israelis, they must be aged 17 years or older, and in the case of Israeli citizens, they must be 30 years of age or older, and have for some reason or another not completed their national service requirement.
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